So, it was slightly over a year ago that a certain Mr. Dick Cheney assured us that we were witnessing “the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency”. Looking back over the past year, I have to say that these were quite some throes we witnessed there, and they appear to be ongoing. These throes included the death of over 800 coalition troops and more than 4,000 injuries. The civilian death toll has been over 12,000 during these throes alone. Hell, in these throes even the falafel vendors weren’t safe. All in all, I sure hope these are the last throes, because if there turn out to be more throes after these ones, in ain’t gonna be good for anyone, military, civilian, or falafel industry.
Ever since day one, the chickenhawks have been assuring us that victory is just around the corner in Iraq. Yup, no doubt about it, gonna be happening in just a minute. Honestly. Just you wait and see. Only 5,000 insurgents left in Iraq. Just a few remnants of Saddam’s regime hanging around. Cleaning 'em up won’t be a problem. Just a few more months now. Okay, so it’s more than just loyalists to Saddam, it’s also foreign members of al Queda infiltrating Iraq. Even so, we’ll take care of 'em. Just a few more months. Wait and see. We’ve almost won now. Okay, so there are also local militias, but even so we’re on the verge of winning. Victory is right around the corner. You’ll see.
The chickenhawks have long since abandoned any pretense of giving the public an accurate picture of the situation in Iraq, the state of the insurgency, or the probability of the conflict ending anytime soon. Then again, no one expects them to be honest about anything. What’s pathetic is the media’s utter inability to call them to out on their never-ending stream of wrongheaded predictions.
You could bet this amount of money that no one in the White House Press Corp will make Cheney explain how these last throes managed to be so much worse than the earlier throes, nor will they ask for an explanation of how much longer these throes can go on. Nor will any Bushie have to answer for the numerous claims that the insurgency was on the brink of defeat. I know something that actually is in its last throes: their credibility.